After Boston, our next stop was New York City to visit my brother, who had just recently moved to Brooklyn. After taking forever to get into the city (traffic around New York can be such a nightmare!) we were incredibly happy to reach my brother’s surprisingly roomy Park Slope apartment and enjoy a Brooklyn beer. We went to a Peruvian restaurant for dinner (sorry, no pictures, but we weren’t that impressed by the place) and then visited some of my brother’s favorite neighborhood watering holes. It was nice to get to know his neighborhood– Park Slope is lovely and relaxed. Also, I have to say that instead of picking on me, my big brother was actually on his best behavior, so he was actually a pleasure to be around.
Flushing is pretty cool– it’s almost like finding yourself in another country. Most of the signs on storefronts aren’t in English and the shops are filled with fascinating and mysterious items. According to my brother, the area seems bigger and much less commercial than the Manhattan Chinatown (but Wikipedia says the one in Manhattan is currently still bigger). I loved walking through shops filled with dozens of varieties of dried mushrooms, barrels full of sesame seeds, and things like this:
When it was time for a snack, we stuck with things that were a bit more familiar to us. I bought a package of dried seaweed snack (tasted like salty nori, the stuff you wrap around sushi!) and convinced J he needed steamed pork buns from a little stand on the sidewalk.
When we’d had our fill of Flushing we headed to Manhattan. We walked through a street fair and I bought some sunglasses since the cloudy day had turned quite sunny.
That night we ate dinner at Casaville, a tapas-style Moroccan restaurant that came highly recommended by my brother and another friend who joined us. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking:
Most of the time I just get to read about how New York is the best food city in the world, but that night I got to experience it myself. It was a truly satisfying meal and thinking about it a few months later still makes me happy.
Since I still have a bunch of New York pictures to share, I’ll be posting a Part II tomorrow!